Park at marsh shouldn't be too developedYour July 18...

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August 13, 1993

Park at marsh shouldn't be too developed

Your July 18 article on the restoration of the trolley station at North Point State Park implied that there was no longer opposition to plans to overdevelop the Black Marsh wild land.

For over three years now the Coalition to Preserve Black Marsh has been urging the Department of Natural Resources to locate a visitors center and parking near North Point Road where public sewer and water are available. By using hiking trails and shuttle buses, traffic through the park would be kept to the minimum.

Nationwide, the new direction in park planning is to locate facilities away from what people are coming to see -- in this case the bay and the marshes. The prime feature of this park is Black Marsh, known as "the finest tidal marsh in the Upper Chesapeake Bay."

The major focus should be on what is unique about this park --- the tidal marshes, prime bald eagle habitat and forested coastline. Everything else should be subordinate to that goal.

To locate a developed park and entrance road in a priceless natural resource is not only shortsighted, it is poor park planning in the 1990s.

Old Bay Shore Park is a very interesting historical feature and should be highlighted as a fascinating relic of a bygone time. It is not necessary to spend tax dollars to partially restore what will never be the same mecca for Baltimoreans it was from 1900 to 1940.

The stated $6 million price tag (with additional costs certain to follow) is a hefty amount to pay for 25 boat slips on the open bay, a visitors center entrance road and partial restoration of the old amusement park.

Polly Walker Wirth

Fort Howard

Poor choice

I am a very hard-working American who feels that before I

should be asked to pay additional taxes, the federal government should become more fiscally responsible and cut its spending.

This should start at the administrative level with Congress and the president cutting back spending on staff and office expenses by 25 percent.

Other governmental programs that do not have immediate benefits, such as the space station and the super collider, should be drastically scaled back or put on hold.

Furthermore, the administration should revamp the entitlement programs already in place in the United States.

It should especially look at the aid given to inner-city poor and the negative effect it has on encouraging them to seek jobs. It also ignores the problem of unwed mothers and the further deterioration of the family unit among urban poor.

To become fiscally responsible and evaluate entitlement programs that are already being funded constitutes the "tough choices" that this administration has avoided.

Instead it has chosen to take the easier path of raising taxes on 2 percent of the people in the United States who work hard and help America grow.

The American people realize that this "choice" will inevitably hurt the economy because of its trickle down effect on all of us. It will also do nothing to substantially reduce the deficit, as has been shown when taxes were raised in the past.

Gary H. Cassel


Birth of the Blues?

I couldn't agree more with the general negative fan reaction to the idea of naming a new football team the Baltimore Rhinos.

I think I have a much better idea: the Baltimore Blues.

The reference to the area's blue crabs is a natural, and the name has a good sound and alliteration. The team and helmet logo would be a rather menacing-looking blue crab.

Vendors will love working with the crab image. Team colors could be blue and silver (or some other natural color like beige or off-white so as not to have anyone confuse us with Seattle).

The ''Blues'' also resonates with Baltimore's long-standing blues music tradition and even connects indirectly to one of our most venerable local institutions, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays.

Lets start a ''Blues'' wave -- or a pincher maneuver -- and wash those Rhinos out of town!

Jon Saxton


Wrong priorities

I always thought that many people do not have their priorities in order. Now I am sure of it.

I cannot believe anyone would pay $173 million for a baseball team. No matter how good the Orioles, or any other baseball team, I hardly think they are worth that excessive amount of money.

There are people dying of AIDS, cancer and other fatal diseases. Millions of people are homeless and unemployed. People in the Midwest are under water. Yet a group of wealthy people decided to purchase a baseball team for $173 million.

The sad part is that the general public overwhelmingly approved of the purchase.


Wake up, people! And begin to realize what is important.

Kevin C. Dietz


Women's status

These recent three articles in The Sunpapers were shocking revelations of the status of women and its consequences in different parts of the world:

* "Japan admits using women sex slaves" (The Sun, Aug. 5) reports that an estimated 200,000 women from Korea and unestimated numbers from China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and the Netherlands served in brothels in 1932-1945.

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